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October 31, 2020 1:52:37 am
The yr was 2010, and a case of kidnapping landed at Delhi Police officer Rajender Singh’s desk — one which took him to Gujarat, from the place a minor was apprehended for the crime. “I didn’t need him to waste his life behind bars, and stay a felony so I helped him together with his research, performed cricket with him, taught him drive… When he acquired bail, he acquired a job, and known as me. I felt joyful as a result of I knew I made a distinction,” mentioned the 60-year-old ACP, a day after he retired as ACP Dwarka.
In his 34-year-long service, ACP Singh has labored on loads of high-profile circumstances — from the December 2012 gangrape and homicide case to arresting “superchor” Bunty to the Ponty Chadha homicide case in 2012. Days earlier than he retired, ACP Singh was part of the workforce that nabbed Delhi Police sub-inspector Puneet Grewal who was accused of molesting 4 ladies and a minor.
Singh, who joined the pressure in 1986 as a sub-inspector after graduating from Delhi College, in truth, by no means wished to take up the career. “Within the ’80s, I used to be getting ready for the united states exams and wished to be a civil servant, not a police officer. I used to be ready for outcomes and joined the Delhi Police identical to that. Now I’m glad I did… my purpose has all the time been to catch the felony as rapidly as doable…,” he mentioned.
Within the final three a long time, not solely did he rise by means of the ranks, Singh has additionally seen the altering nature of policing. “Expertise has modified policing however we observe the outdated rule ebook of finishing up investigations,” he mentioned.
Singh’s robust demeanor and his circumstances additionally made it to the display screen — twice. In Dibakar Banerjee’s celebrated movie Oye Fortunate Fortunate Oye! on the lifetime of “tremendous chor” Devinder Singh aka Bunty, actor Anuraag Arora performed the indefatigable cop chasing Abhay Deol’s character — a task impressed by Singh, who labored the case. “There have been 20 groups searching for Bunty… I nonetheless bear in mind the restoration of money, jewelry, furnishings, costly items — value Rs 5 crore,” recalled Singh.
In 2019, Rajesh Tailang performed Singh in Richie Mehta’s Netflix collection Delhi Crime, primarily based on the 2012 gangrape and homicide case. Singh mentioned, “I met Tailang a couple of occasions and informed him concerning the investigation and the challenges. I believe he picked up the character quick and did nicely… We’re associates now.”
Speaking concerning the 2012 case, Singh recalled how the then-DCP (south) Chhaya Sharma known as him and different police personnel to the hospital the place the girl was admitted late at evening. “She shaped groups and we got down to discover the bus and the accused. It was not a troublesome case however the stress was immense. The federal government, courts, media and public — all wished fast outcomes… There was no scope for an error or delay from our facet,” he mentioned.
In March this yr, Singh discovered himself dealing with a brand new problem. A nationwide lockdown was introduced on account of Covid, and motion of migrant staff started. “I used to be fearful for migrant staff so my workforce and I went round offering meals and dry ration to them. In my space, senior residents wanted assist attending to hospitals so I arrange a free van service. Pregnant ladies too wanted assist…,” he mentioned.
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